Verse of the Day – June 13, 2023

Verse of the Day – June 13, 2023

June 13, 2023 – Tuesday 

Luke 17:3b-4

3b “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”

Comments

These verses I intended to comment upon on Monday but went back to chapter 16 and became fascinated with verses 10-12 and the parable that led to them. That led me to write about them, however today we are back to my original intended verses. 

When the apostles heard Jesus speak these two verses they immediately replied to Him, Increase our faith! Let’s take a look at these two verses and see if we can ascertain why they would respond with a request for Jesus to increase their faith.

Jesus said, 3b “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” Before looking at verse four we need to take a close look at verse 3 where if you become aware someone has sinned against you it is something that needs to be dealt with, not ignored. Thus we are told to rebuke the one who has sinned against us. 

How are we to do that? I think we are to do so in love. How are we to do that? Two verses come to mind. First Ephesians 4:15, 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. Rebuke, but speak the truth in love. Second, Galatians 5:6b, The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. In faith we are to follow Jesus’ instruction and express our faith through love.

Thus, somehow, we are to rebuke in love and kindly anyone who has sinned against us. Then if they repent, we are to forgive them. Notice there are no conditions, we are to simply forgive. Straight forward enough and something we should be able to do. 

Except then comes verse 4 where Jesus added, Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them. Not so easy to consider, is it? Even if someone sins against you again and again – up to seven times in a day – we are to rebuke them and if they repent, we must forgive them. Repentance must lead to forgiveness.

Want to be Christ like, be a Christian? Then that is what we must do. Here Jesus is letting us know what it is like to be Him, as He forgives all that is truly repented of.

Jesus is letting us know what it is like to be Him, as He forgives all that is truly repented of. There is a difference though, Jesus can judge someone’s repentance as He can see into a person’s heart and know if it is real repentance or not. We cannot do so; we cannot see into the heart of another as Jesus is able to do. Nonetheless, we have our orders which may be easier than we think. Afterall, who is going to repent seven times after being rebuked seven times. Someone may, but such people are surely rare. Still, we are given an example of what how to follow Jesus.

Bottom Line: Jesus was serious for He added in Mark 11:25, 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Your Son continues to show us the importance of forgiving as that was His purpose in coming, to bring salvation through forgiveness of our sins if we would repent and believe.– In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

RileyD, nwJ     

Riley D. Driver – Pastor          

Calvary Chapel of Dayton    

in Beavercreek